Keyline Tilling

One of our most successful techniques for improving the soil has been Keyline Tilling, as proposed by P. A. Yeomans back in the fifties. We use a Yeomans Plough, as designed by P.A. and built by his son Alan: The aim is to reduce compaction (our soils were like concrete, all over the farm), improve... Continue Reading →


The drinking water for our house is stored in a tank up the hill behind the house (10m above the roof line, so we can run sprinklers on the roof in the event of a big fire and simultaneous power outage). We catch the water in a smaller tank below the house, then use a... Continue Reading →

Water pipe burial

Finally, we are starting to bury the water pipe over the property. Here’s Colin the Swiss WWOOFer wielding the trenching machine:       What a lovely machine it is. I cannot imagine how much work it would take to dig a trench like this by hand. Burning dinosaurs, admittedly, but we only need to do it... Continue Reading →

Too much pressure!

Here's what happens when you have more pressure than a valve can handle. Note the distorted threads where the two halves of the fitting said bye bye: Not that these failures are particularly Plasson's fault. We were advised by the guy that sold them to us that the fittings would work in our situation. Unfortunately... Continue Reading →

Basic farm plan 1 – water

The question is how do we want to farm? The property is set up to run cattle, so that’s what we will continue to do, as we don’t want the place to get overgrown and turn into a fire hazard. Using the Keyline Scale of Permanence (and Darren Doherty’s extensions to this), the most important... Continue Reading →

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